Menstrual Cups

Comfy Cup

comfycup

Being sold on Amazon UK and Amazon US

Country of origin:  Unknown
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  Small & Large
Dimensions: S – 40mm diameter,  46mm length, length of the stem 19mm.  L – 46mm diameter, 53mm length, length of the stem 13mm.
Capacity: S = 15.5ml.  L = 26ml
Stem: Wide flat tab
Measuring Lines:
Cost (RRP):  Around $30 USD
Been around since:  ?
Other Details:  This cup looks identical to a bunch of other cups being sold cheaply on Amazon/Ebay/Aliexpress.  See Similar and rebranded cups.  Comes in Pink, Clear and Purple.

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February 15, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | Leave a comment

Blossom Cup

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www.blossomcup.com.   Sold on Amazon.

Country of origin: USA
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “S” (Small) “L” (large)
Dimensions: S = 42mm diameter. 52.2mm length without stem, 62.2mm length total. 10mm stem.
L = 45mm diameter. 55.4mm length without stem, 65.4mm length in total. 10mm stem.

Capacity: S=20ml to airholes,  22.5ml to rim. L=25ml to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Stem: Short Thin “Stick”
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Other Details: Currently available in 3 colors – pink,  purple & blue, with orange and green coming out shortly.  The picture above (from the Amazon listing) has a pearly type look, but I don’t know if that is the actual look of the silicone or just the way it is photographed.

blossom_clear2They were running a giveaway where they were selling the cup for $1 each to people (US only) in return for an “honest review” on Amazon.  So there should be a lot of reviews available on Amazon once the people have received them.  

The shape/design of the cup looks very similar to cups being sold as the Aneer, Cup’ax and Dutchess cups.  See Similar/rebranded cups.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Dutchess Cup

dutchess

http://www.dutchesscup.com

Country of origin: USA (made in China)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “B” (small), “A” (large)
Dimensions: Size B = 42mm diameter, 50mm long without stem,  60mm long with stem.  10mm stem.  Size A = 47mm diameter, 55 mm long without stem,  65mm long with stem.  10mm stem.
Capacity: Size B = 20ml.  A = 25ml
Stem: Short thin
Measuring Lines: Yes,  7.5 ml and 15 ml
Cost (RRP): USD $29.99 for 2 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2014
Other Details: Cups have 4 air holes.  Sold as a set of 2 cups, one pink, one purple.   The cups shown on the box and promotional image don’t seem to have the lines around the top like the cups shown in one of the customer review photos does (below).  The cups the review shows, appear to be the same style of cup as being sold as Aneer, Femmas, Cup’ax and Blossom.

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(Closeup of the product image – showing no lines)

(Image from Amazon Review)

January 24, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 1 Comment

Tulip Cup

vagiton

http://vagiton.ru/kapa (Translated into English)

Country of origin: Russia
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  S (small), L (large)
DimensionsSize S: Diameter: 41 mm Height: 47 mm; length of the stem: 25 mm.  Size L: Diameter: 45 mm Height: 52 mm; Stem length: 20 mm
CapacitySize S: 22ml to airholes.  Size L: 24ml to airholes
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):
Been around since: Unknown (2014?)
Other Details: Available in clear or red.

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January 16, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Lila Cup

lilacupbox
http://www.lilacup.ru (Translated into English)

Country of origin: Russia
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: S (small), L (Large)
Dimensions: S= 40mm diameter, 75mm total length, 5omm without stem.  L= 45mm diameter, 70mm total length, 55mm without stem.
Capacity: S=20ml to airholes, 25ml to rim. L= 25ml to airholes, 30mls to rim.
Stem: Thin “stick” (solid thin tube)
Measuring Lines: Unknown (no?)
Cost (RRP)799,00 rubles [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2012?
Other Details: Available in clear, red, blue and yellow.

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January 11, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Luv Ur Body

LuvUrBody

http://luvur-body.com

Country of origin:  Nigeria (Made in Malaysia)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “Small”, “Medium” and “Large”
Dimensions:
S=42mm diameter, 65mm total length, 47mm length without stem (18mm stem).
M=45mm diameter, 82mm total length, 62mm length without stem (20mm stem).
L=48mm diameter, 77mm total length with stems, 57mm length without stems (20mm Stem)
Capacity: S= 21ml to airholes, 28ml to rim. M=38.5ml to airholes, 42.75ml to rim.  L=38.75mls to airholes, 43ml to rim.
Stem: Flat Wide Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  €25, $34 USD
Guarantee:
Been around since:  2013
Other Details:  Available in Clear, Dark Green and Red.  Also in clear with coloured designs.  Seems to be designed so that you can trim off the wide tab stem, leaving a ball stem if you wish.  Medium and Large have Ball stem length =4mm, Tab part of the stem =16mm. Confirmed that the Large size is slightly shorter than the Medium.

January 10, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Cerene / Continuon

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Country of origin: Unknown (NZ? though likely made in China)
Composition: “FDA grade Silicone”
Sizes:  “A” (small), “B” (large)
Dimensions: (from the green listing) B = “2 x 3.5 x 2 inches”
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: ?  One shows what looks like a flat tab, the other looks like a short solid.
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  Unknown
Guarantee: Satisfaction Guarantee
Been around since:  End of Sept 2014
Other Details: No official website found.  The only 2 references I’ve found to buy them online are from Amazon, which had 2 listings for 2 different looking cups (both examples of cheap Chinese Rebranded cups).

The Blue cup listing, which as you can see from the screen shot below, and the photo above, used to have a “Cerene” logo on the product photo, but is now being sold as a “Continuon”.

The green cup listing didn’t have that logo, and is a different shaped cup, but used the “Cerene” name in the product title.

Listing #1 (green) - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVRMUCQ
Listing #2 (blue) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R5AF89G

There is a review with photos on Amazon, which shows the cup they bought as the blue “Cerene” that was actually an iCare cup – which proves this “Cerene” / “Continuon” isn’t a brand of cup, but rather a rebranding of the iCare cups.

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The Green cup listing lists “Cerene” as the seller.

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A couple of the articles mentioned the contact details for the woman behind the company “Cerene” (heartfeltdryerballs.com), which is a New Zealand business.

January 10, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

EvaCup

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http://anigan.myshopify.com
http://www.amazon.com/shops/anigan

Country of origin: USA
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  2 (“Small” and “Large”)
Dimensions: S=42mm diameter, 62mm total length, 12mm stem.  L=45mm diameter, 69mm total length, 12mm stem.
Capacity:  S=25ml and L=30ml
Stem: Solid Short
Measuring Lines: 7.5ml and 15ml
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD
Guarantee: Satisfaction Guarantee
Been around since: Unknown (2014?)
Other Details:  Available in a range of colours.  Also manufactures “Period panties” (which appear to be underpants with a leak-proof layer sewn in, and have been sold since at least 2012), steralising cups and gift packs.

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January 10, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Monzcare R-Cup / Rainbow Cup

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Couldn’t find an official site http://www.monzcare.com leads to a suspended website.  Places like this are selling them.

This cup is also being sold as a “Rainbow Cup” and “Monzcup”.  They are registered with the FDA under these names [Link].

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1″ (small), “2″ (large)
Dimensions:  Size 1 = 40mm diameter, Total length 70mm, stem length 20mm.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  Total length 70mm, stem length 15mm.
Capacity: Size 1 = 15.5ml (to holes?)  20ml (to rim).    Size 2 = 26mls (to rim?)
Stem: Hollow tube or Solid?
Measuring Lines:  No
Been around since: 2014?
Other Details: Available in green, blue, cyan, purple, orange, yellow and pink.  The pictures of the coloured cups that they show in the Amazon listings appear to be a “photoshop” recolouring, so may not be the actual colours.  These appear to be the actual colours these cups come in.

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August 8, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Un-named Menstrual Cup brands

There are HEAPS of cheap cups available on AliExpress, ebay, Amazon and other such sites.  Most of them are listings for what appears to be the same cups.

Most of them don’t have a brand name, so I can’t list them individually here on my site, since I don’t have a name to reference them with.

Links to these cups may disappear (particularly if they are amazon/aliexpress/ebay listings), but I’ll do my best to show what is available, and provide links to search those main sites for cups, so you can search for them yourself.

I’ve split my thoughts on cheap cups (safety and ethical concerns) to a separate post, so I could use this post to showcase the actual cups. See “Cheap Cups part 2” post for my 2c worth on the safety and ethical concerns with cheap cups.

If you’re wanting to find these cheap cups, try searching for “menstrual cup” in your cheap website of choice.  Such as:

 

A word of warning though….  Because they don’t always list measurements or offer different sizes, make sure you buy a cup that you think will work for you.  If you’re not sure, it might be better to pay extra a buy a cup that does list the proper details.

Branded Cups
Cheap cups with a brand name, but no details (so aren’t listed individually) are located here:
https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/cup-brands-with-no-details

 

 Unbranded Cup Examples

Moon/Heart stemmed cups:
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(I really love the look of these!)

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Tab stem cups:

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Unnamed #1 | Unnamed #2 | Unnamed #3 | Unnamed #4

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Other Shape/Design cups:

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Unnamed cup – This one has a heart design on the side of the cup, and has a filled thick stem.  It also lists it as being made from Food-grade silicone, not medical grade.

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It is interesting how that same pink “menstrual cup” box is used by lots of different sellers, sometimes with different shaped cups:

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See also https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/similar-or-same-cups

 

 

July 23, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rainbow Cup / Monzcare R-cup

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Couldn’t find an official site for these, just being sold online at places like ebay and amazon.  So details are a bit sketchy.

This cup is also being sold as a “Monzcare R-cup” and “Monzcup”.  They are registered with the FDA under these names [Link].

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1″ (small), “2″ (large)
Dimensions:  Size 1 = 40mm diameter, Total length 70mm, stem length 20mm.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  Total length 70mm, stem length 15mm.
Capacity: Size 1 = 15.5ml (to holes?)  20ml (to rim).    Size 2 = 26mls (to rim?)
Stem: Hollow tube or Solid?
Measuring Lines:  No
Cost (RRP): Unknown RRP – available from around $10US
Been around since: 2014?
Other Details:  Available in blue, green, purple and orange.  I don’t like that their advertising claims “The Rainbow’s Menstrual Cup is the original silicone menstrual cup designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. ”  Since it isn’t the original silicone cup…. Mooncup UK was the first silicone cup in 2000.     Some people have complained that these cups have a very strong “plastic” or chemical smell.

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July 23, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

iCare

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Couldn’t find an official site for these, just being sold online at places like AliExpress

Country of origin: China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small), “2” (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 40mm diameter, 78mm long including stem, 58mm without stem.  Size 2 = 45mm diameter,  85mm long with stem, 60mm long without stem.
Capacity: Both 15mls to airholes and 28mls to rim
Stem: Flat Tab?
Measuring Lines: yes
Cost (RRP): Anywhere from about $5 USD+
Been around since: 2012
Other Details: Comes in Clear, Blue, Purple, Pink, Orange, Red, Green, White, Yellow and clear.  One of the AliExpress site selling them, has information in the listing referencing the product being called “LadyCup” and with the url http://www.ladycup.cn (which doesn’t exist).

Several of the AliExpress listings  have “Rockbrook Industrial CO” watermarked all over it, but their website (http://rockbrook.en.ec21.com) no longer works, and didn’t mention the cups when it was working.  I did however find another website for them – www.hygiener.com  Where they have a ripoff of an Insteads Softcup as well as a menstrual cup with a flat wide stem.

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Interestingly, most of the more recent listings/photos of the iCare cups look like they are trying to hide what the stem looks like, and one photo I have seen that does show the stem, has a shorter stem

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Can’t see the stem

July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 5 Comments

Aneer

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There are various “Aneer” cups, so listing dimensions for them is almost irrelevant.  Basically “Aneer” is a name on a box, and the cups sold with it can be one of many different designs.  So I’m wondering if either the “Aneer” boxes are being sold in bulk to anyone, or if the Aneer company are just many any old cup they feel like?

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Flat tab stem cups
The original tab stem ones that came out were very similar in shape/design to Lunette, very “shiny” look to the silicone.  Measurements are reportedly 43mm Diameter, 50mm length & 46mm Diameter , 50mm length.  Found on AliExpress. Youtube video on an unboxing.

aneercolourSeems to be exactly the same as a bunch of other cups, such as iClean, iCare and others.

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Short stick stem with lines around rim
More frosted look, with a different ridge area with lines…. Several examples can be found on AliExpress, Another listing.

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The same design is also being sold as a Cup’ax, Dutchess, Blossom Cup & Femma’s

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Thick Short tab stem with grid grip base
Aneer box being shown with different cups again, that have a thicker stem with well defined grip lines on the base and stem. Found on AliExpress.

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Which look identical to Eva Cups, and one of the Cerene cups.

 

There’s also a listing for an Aneer box with a wide tabbed stem cup photoshopped in, and a listing that shows what appears to be a Femmecup in one photo with an Aneer Box in another photo.

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Listing with wide stem | Listing showing Femmecup

July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , | 6 Comments

LadyCup Colours

LadyCup often bring out new colours for their cups, with pretty matching bags.  Here is their current selection:

http://www.ladycup.eu

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3-ladycup_honeysuckle

4-ladycup_blue

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July 17, 2014 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | Leave a comment

FemiCup

femicup-s

http://www.femicup.com

Country of origin: Spain
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “S” (small), “M” (large)
Dimensions:
“S” = 47mm long without stem,  70mm including stem.  41mm diameter.
“M” = 52mm long without stem, 70mm including stem.  46mm diameter.
Capacity: S= 25ml total capacity, 20ml to airholes M=35 total capacity, 29 to airholes
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines:
Cost (RRP): € 25.00
Guarantee:
Been around since: 2013
Other Details:  Site says it is available in 6 colors: clear, pink, purple, red, blue and green.  However the shopping cart doesn’t appear to give the option to choose colour.

July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 2 Comments

Sckoon Cup

sckoon

http://sckooncup.com

Country of origin: USA
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “1” and “2”
Dimensions:  “1” = 40mm diameter, 70mm long in total, stem length 30mm.  “2” = 45mm diameter, 70mm long in total, stem length 20mm.
Capacity:  “1” = 23ml, “2” = 30ml
Stem: Thin solid “Stick”
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):  USD$39.95
Been around since: Feb 2013
Other Details: Comes in 5 colours (Dark blue, Light blue, Green, Red, Yellow) and clear
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/review-sckoon-cup/

April 3, 2013 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Mami Cup

http://www.coppetta-mestruale.com

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 2.  “M” (Small) and “L” (Large)
Dimensions:  M = 40mm diameter, 50mm long without stem, 72mm long including stem,  25ml capacity to rim, 20ml capacity to airholes. L = 45mm diameter, 57mm long without stem, 75mm long including stem,  35ml capacity to rim, 29ml capacity to airholes.
Capacity:  M= 25ml, L=35ml
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP):  €19.90
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2012?
Other Details:  Available in pink, purple, blue and clear.

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August 13, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , | 2 Comments

Ruby Cup

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http://www.ruby-cup.com

Country of origin: Denmark
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: 1
Dimensions: 51 mm long (excluding stem). Total length: 68 mm
.  Diameter: 45 mm
Capacity:  34 ml
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines:5ml, 10ml, 15ml (on the inside)
Cost (RRP):  € 27,95 (free shipping)
Been around since: 2012 – They have a news item from Dec 2011 saying they won a design prize in Denmark, and expected to “hit the market” in Jan 2012.
Other Information:  For each cup sold, they provide a cup for a young woman in Kenya.  Also available in Blue and Pink
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/review-ruby-cup

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March 28, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , | 4 Comments

Lunette Coloured cups available in Australia

Well it seems us Aussies have even more choice now, with the coloured Lunette cups being available in early march for sale in Australia!

Also, they have been able to do a price reduction, dropping the retail price from around $57-$60 to around $49-$55.

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Update — the “Cynthia” is now more purple (it was previously a very dusty reddish-pink), and the green “Diana” is no longer produced :(  with a yellow cup “Lucia” instead.

February 28, 2012 Posted by | news, The Cups | , | Leave a comment

Coloured Cups – are they safe?

Mooncup (UK) recently blogged about why their cup will never be coloured.

http://www.mooncup.co.uk/about-us/news/all-news/coloured-menstrual-cups.html

“Would you like crushed beetle with your menstrual cup, madam?”
(or Why the Mooncup Will Always be Dye-Free)”

“We are also committed to offering a product that is vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Many natural colourings are animal-derived, such as carmine/cochineal (E120 – red, purple, pink) made from crushed beetles; shellac (E904) from insect secretions; gelatine (orange) made from animal bones and L-Cysteine (E920), sometimes made from hair or feathers.

Call us boring(!), but we’re not willing to compromise our ethical status for a non-essential additive with a dubious health and ethical history.”

(My thoughts about their post are at the bottom of this article)

Which sparked some discussion on the topic here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2742047.html, given that part of their reasoning included the use of non-vegan things as food colours (despite the fact cups aren’t consumed and some of their examples aren’t actually used as food colours anyway)

JuJu has the following in their FAQ:
http://www.juju.com.au/pages/FAQs.html#coloured-cup

“Does JuJu come in any other colour?

At this point in time, JuJu is only available in a clear/semi-opaque colour. Until such time as we are able to gain an accurate understanding of the effects of the addition of dyes on our bodies, we have chosen to manufacture JuJu without any colour additives.”

But it is an interesting topic..  I have e-mailed some of the the cup companies offering coloured cup (Iriscup, CupLee, Ladycup Lunette, MeLuna, Miacup, and Shecup) to ask them about the colours  and see what they have to say on the matter, and I’ll update this post when I’ve heard back from any :)  In the meantime, feel free to discuss!

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I’ve heard back from a couple of the cup companies.  MeLuna was the only company who actually sent me any information regarding the safety aspect of the coloured cups.

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They of course said the colours are safe :)  but sent me several pdf files of their test results to help prove this –  which shows the testing of both the colours (first file) and the general cup material.  Interestingly, I believe it’s saying that the plastic the cups are made from was tested on animals (presumably as part of checking the plastic is safe for use with people), as is referenced in the last file.  I’d never thought about that being a component of testing, and I wonder if the other cups have been likewise tested.

Meluna_Masterbatches_Safety sheet – Info on the colours – they are food safe (though that doesn’t mean they are “food colours” like you’d use to make a cake blue)

THERMOLAST_M_englisch – Information on the plastic material the cups are made from (from the manufacturer I presume)

TM4MED_ISO10993-5 -Seems to be a certificate of a testing where the material was left in contact with the equivalent of human tissue and checked to see if it was reactive (it shows no reaction, whereas latex showed reactions).

TM4MED_USP661 – Information on a few tests that were run (I admit, I don’t really understand most of it heh)

TM4MED_USPVI – Test result certificate

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LadyCup

Said they would get back to me in a few days.  Never did.

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Lunette

Said they will issue a public statement on it (not sure if they did at the time, but they have posted on facebook to say what I’ve quoted below), and that they would contact me again in a few days – which they did, saying they have forwarded my e-mail to their head office.  They say they realise it’s an important issue, so they are gathering information from their experts and will get back to me.  (But they never got back to me)

However, their website says this about the coloured cups:

Are colored cups safe?

Yes, colored Lunette menstrual cups are safe to use. The dye we use in our colored cups is FDA approved for medical and food use. The colors don’t contain heavy metals (e.g. lead, chromium VI, cadmium, mercury) or phatalats. Lunette menstrual cups contain only small amounts of colorpaste. The type of dye used in Lunette menstrual cups are inside the silicone so it’s not possible for the color to leach like with some cheaper dyes which are also used in menstrual cups.

They also say that their coloured cups are FDA approved, but not TGA approved: (Link)

“The colored Lunette cups are not TGA approved. TGA listing is a very long and costly process, and all of our colored cups are limited edition products.”

However I contacted the TGA, who told me that because the coloured versions are still the same product (only difference being the colour), they are covered under the same TGA approval that the clear ones are.  So the coloured cups are TGA approved too.

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Said that as far as they know, the colours they were polling people on (see this post) plus clear and grey are the only colours that are already tested and approved by FDA… and that other colours (like purples and whatnot) would need to go through the process of testing and approval.

I believe (from talking to a well respected cup retailer) that while the clear Sckoon cup has FDA approval, the individual coloured cups are made with FDA approved silicone, but those cups are not actually individually FDA approved.

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My Thoughts

Now, I don’t know the safety aspects of having colourants in cups – which is why I asked the cup companies, and frankly, the fact that so few of them responded, makes me think that nobody is really sure other than a “FDA approves them so therefore they must be safe” type thought. Which may be comforting for some people, it may not help others.

When I was looking up the Animal testing info for medical grade silicone, I did see a chart from one of the companies that showed the colours that the silicone could be made in, and I think they were considered food-safe colours.

There definitely is merit to the argument that a clear cup is safer for you and better for the environment – absolutely.

Be aware though that there is a “white” pigment, so a cup with a more “whitish” appearance than “clear” may actually have a white colour added.  Cups from companies who don’t do coloured cups are unlikely to add a white pigment, but companies who offer colours including a “white” may be adding the white pigment.

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I’d like to address 2 points of Mooncup’s statements. 

I also did a bit of a rant at the time, on the Live Journal post I mentioned earlier, find my comment here, also one specifically on the beetle/cochineal issue here.

Firstly, yes some synthetic food colours can and have been shown to have adverse effects on the human body.  However there is a difference in how things are absorbed and processed by the body when they are ingested compared to skin exposure.  We’re not eating our menstrual cups, so comparing food and coloured cups  isn’t quite the same thing. 

I’m not saying that food colours are completely safe when used in a cup, but it isn’t the same as directly eating them.  The same sort of argument could also be had for coloured plastic lunchboxes and other products we use regularly.  People talk about the dangers of BPA etc. but what about other things in there like whatever colours them?

The safety issue with coloured cups is whether or not any of those coloured pigments can cause any health problems? can they have an effect when added to the silicone and made into cups? and if those colours are properly embedded into the silicone and can’t leech out?

– that is something I don’t have the answer to :(

But Mooncup mentions natural colourants too….  basically saying that their product is vegan-friendly so they would not use natural colourant either.

Which some people have interpreted as implying that other coloured cups may contain “crushed beetle” and other animal derived natural colourants.

But the thing is, natural colourants are horrendously expensive compared to synthetic ones. (Cochineal, which is derived from beetles, is quite expensive, much more so than plant based red colourants).  They are also not as vibrant (so you need more of them), and aren’t always as colourfast (can fade/degrade over time).

They simply are a more expensive and far less practical source of colourant than synthetic ones. It is unlikely that anyone would use a natural colourant when a more stable and far cheaper synthetic one exists, unless it’s for food or something where the natural aspect actually matters more than expense and durability.

Silicone may have natural elements, but it is not a “natural” product and is manufactured in a lab.  I highly doubt that as they are pouring chemicals into a vat, they go “ohh, we better add some natural colourant, so our product can be more natural” :P Even if they wanted to, it’s going to add more expense, more variance (batch to batch wouldn’t necessarily have the exact same result) and isn’t going to produce something that is as good as if they used the synthetic colourant.  They just wouldn’t do that.

Yes, the coloured cups may (should be) be using “Food-Safe” colourants. But there’s not going to be any crushed beetle in your cups!

– Having said that, there is one cup that claims to use natural colouring.  Pinkcopa.  As you can see though, the colour is unusual.   I did ask what they used as colourant, but they didn’t tell me.

October 20, 2011 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , | 5 Comments

Which colour menstrual cup would you prefer?

Regardless of the brand/type of cup – thinking only of the colour.  What colour (or colours) would you most want to have your ideal cup made from.

I’ll give options of just colour name, feel free to elaborate on the type of shade (dark, light, “grass green”, “aqua blue” for example) in the comments.

For clarification, by “clear” I mean completely clear – no colouring.  The other colours I’m assuming to be coloured but still transparent.  If you prefer an opaque (non-see thru) cup, please comment to specify that

— I thought this might help cup manufacturers get an idea of what colours are popular.

August 8, 2011 Posted by | Cup Related | | 5 Comments

Mialuna

mialuna

http://mialuna.cl

Country of origin: Chile
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: “XS” (Extra Small), “S” (Small), “M” (Medium), “L” (Large)
Dimensions:  “XS”=39mm diameter, 59mm length including stem. “S”= 40mm diameter,  75mm long including stem.  “M” =45mm diameter, 75mm long including stem.  “L” = 45mm diameter, 77mm long including stem.
Capacity:  “XS”= 10mls, “S” = 15mls “M”= 20mls.  “L” = 26mls
Stem: Flat wide Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP)$ 18,900 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Early 2011?
Other Details: Available in 4 colours (each size available in one colour) plus clear.

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August 2, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 4 Comments

Cup Lee

http://cuplee.ru

cuplee

Country of origin: Russia
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone?
Sizes: 2 sizes
Dimensions: Small = 40mm diameter,  47mm long without stem (68 including stem).  Large = 44mm diameter, 53mm long without stem (70mm with stem)
Capacity:  Small = 25ml to brim, 20ml to holes.  Large = 30ml to brim, 25ml to holes
Stem: Hollow tube?
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  780.00 руб
Guarantee:
Been around since: Unknown (early 2011?)
Other Details: The English website obviously hasn’t had the hosting paid :(

February 24, 2011 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 2 Comments

Fleurcup

http://fleurcup.com

Fleurcup

Country of origin: France
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: Small & Large
Dimensions: Small = 41mm diameter, 47mm long without stem (23mm stem length) Large = 46mm diameter, 52mm long without stem 18mm stem length)
Capacity: Small = 20mls to holes 25ml to the rim. Large = 29ml to holes and 35ml to rim
Stem: Flat tab
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 26.99 [Currency Converter]
Guarantee: None
Been around since: Unknown (early 2009?)
Other Details: Comes in clear as well as (pale) pink, purple, orange and black. The website has great animated images of the folds
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/fleurcup-photos-observations

July 1, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 15 Comments

MeLuna

MeLunaFlower

http://www.meluna.eu

Country of origin: Germany
Composition: FDA approved TPE (thermoplastic elastomer)
Sizes: “S” (small), “M” (medium), “L” (large) and “XL” (Extra Large).  Also a range of “Shorty” sizes, which are shorter cups – ShortyS, ShortyM, ShortyL, ShortyXL.
Dimensions & Capacity:
S =38mm diameter, 45mm long without stem. 15mls to airholes, 23ml to rim.
M = 41mm diameter, 48mm long without stem. 20mls to airholes, 28ml to rim.
L = 44mm diameter, 51mm long without stem. 24mls to airholes, 34ml to rim.
XL = 47mm diameter, 56mm long without stem. 30mls to airholes, 42mls to rim.
Shorty S = 38mm diameter, 35mm long without stem. 8ml to airholes, 15mls to rim.
Shorty M = 41mm diameter, 38mm long without stem. 10ml to airholes, 18mls to rim.
Shorty L = 44mm diameter, 41mm long without stem. 14mls to airholes, 22mls to rim.
Shorty XL = 47mm diameter, 44mm long without stem. 16mls to airholes, 27mls to rim.
Stem: “Stem” (cross between a flat tab and a rounded thick stem), ball, ring or basic (no stem)
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 15.00 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Early June 2009
Review – Meluna old: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/meluna-my-thoughts
Review – new Glitter Cup: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/meluna-glitter-cup
Other Details: Several Colours available, with glitter versions as well.  Not only offers a choice of stem, but also a choice of how hard or soft you would like.  First cup manufacturer to offer the additional ball/ring or no stem options, and the only manufacturer to offer these different options.

TPE is a (BPA-free) plastic that is used to make medical equipment such as catheters, as well as other products such as baby bottle teats and some vibrators. (It may also be the same material as Insteads disposable cups are made from).

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July 1, 2009 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Lunette

Lunette Menstrual cup S
http://www.lunette.com
Country of origin: Finland
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 10 years
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “1” (small)  & “2” (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 4.1cm wide, 4.7cm Long, with 2.5cm stem. Size 2 = 4.6cm wide, 5.2cm long and 2cm stem
Capacity: Official capacity – Size 1 = 25mls, Size 2 = 30mls. My Test – Size 2 = 26ml to airholes, 34mls to level with rim
Stem: Flat (solid) tab
Measuring Lines: 7mls and 15mls
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD [Currency Converter]
Been around since: “Autumn” 2005.  Coloured cups started with the blue Selene in 2008.  Currently available in purple, yellow, orange (coral), blue and clear.  (Green discontinued)
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/lunette-my-thoughts/

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June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 1 Comment

LadyCup


http://www.ladycup.eu
Country of origin: Czech Republic
Lifespan: Claims will last up to 15 years
Composition:Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:S & L (S = Women under 25/not given birth, L = Women over 25/have given birth)
Dimensions: S= “Small” – 4cm wide, 4.6cm long, 1.9cm stem. L=Large – 4.6cm wide, 5.3cm long, 1.3cm stem.
Capacity:S = 15.5ml, L = 26ml
Stem: Hollow tube
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP):$24.99 Euros[Currency Converter]
Guarantee: Exchange for wrong size, 2 year on materials.
Been around since: January 2008
Other Details: First cup company to bring in coloured cups.
Review: https://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/lady-cup-my-thoughts

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June 10, 2008 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 5 Comments

   

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